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As Roberto Di Matteo is sacked, Al Jazeera looks back on the Chelsea managers who have been shown the door by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2012 12:04


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Russian Roman Abramovich arrived at Chelsea with his billions in 2003. After proving himself a successful business man, he was looking for glory on the football pitch. Ever since his takeover, he has put his money where his mouth is, slewing a number of managers in his wake
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When Abramovich joined Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri was manager. The Italian achieved success with Chelsea nurturing the talents of John Terry, Petr Cech and Frank Lampard and leading the club to their highest Premier League finish in the 2003-2004 season behind Arsenal. However, this wasn't good enough for their new demanding owner, and Ranieri was replaced with...
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... Jose Mourinho. After success with Porto, Mourinho exploded onto the Premier League scene with his posturing and tactical nous. He is remembered as Chelsea's most successful manager, claiming two domestic titles and the FA Cup. However, his failure to capture the Champions League ended the Abramovich-Mourinho union  
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After the Mourinho mess, Abramovich appointed an internal candidate and friend. Chelsea's Director of Football Avram Grant (L) became manager but was sacked only eight months later after failing to win the Premier or Champions League. In this picture he is with Harry Redknapp, who has been linked to the Chelsea job 
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Eight months was also the survival rate of Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari. 2008/2009 - Another season, another manager and another sacking for Chelsea. The club were disappointed with a poor run of form and Abramovich was not about to give the former Brazil and Portugal coach time to improve. That is clearly not his style! 
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One of the few managers to enjoy their time with the West London club is Guus Hiddink. The Dutchman was popular with fans, players and the owner - only losing one game in charge and winning the 2009 FA Cup. However, Hiddink was a temporary manager, and made way for another expensive appointment...
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There have been so many Chelsea managers under Abramovich, sometimes they find themselves sitting awkwardly together. Carlo Ancelotti (R) - now manager of Paris Saint Germain - was in charge of the Blues from 2009-2011. He led Chelsea to the double in 2010 winning the Premier League and FA Cup. But Abramovich sacked him the very next season (well he did sign Fernando Torres...)
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Now does anyone remember Andre Villas-Boas? Yes, he was the manager Abramovich paid over $20 million to release from Porto. Then he was the manager who failed to win over the dressing room and was sent packing with his tail between his legs just eight months later. But it all worked out okay for Chelsea in the end because he was replaced by...
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...Roberto Di Matteo - who saved the day for Chelsea winning the double in 2012, his first year in charge. He led Chelsea, who were dangling on the edge of Champions League survival following AVB's tenure, to their first European triumph. Then to top it all off he won the FA Cup. Guess what happened the next season? (Eight months again the magic number...)
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On the same day as Di Matteo is fired, Chelsea appoint former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez as interim manager until the end of the season. After nearly two years out of the management game, Benitez is diving right back in, at the deep end! 'Good luck!'
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Russian Roman Abramovich arrived at Chelsea with his billions in 2003. After proving himself a successful business man, he was looking for glory on the football pitch. Ever since his takeover, he has put his money where his mouth is, slewing a number of managers in his wake;*;When Abramovich joined Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri was manager. The Italian achieved success with Chelsea nurturing the talents of John Terry, Petr Cech and Frank Lampard and leading the club to their highest Premier League finish in the 2003-2004 season behind Arsenal. However, this wasn(***)t good enough for their new demanding owner, and Ranieri was replaced with...;*;... Jose Mourinho. After success with Porto, Mourinho exploded onto the Premier League scene with his posturing and tactical nous. He is remembered as Chelsea(***)s most successful manager, claiming two domestic titles and the FA Cup. However, his failure to capture the Champions League ended the Abramovich-Mourinho union  ;*;After the Mourinho mess, Abramovich appointed an internal candidate and friend. Chelsea(***)s Director of Football Avram Grant (L) became manager but was sacked only eight months later after failing to win the Premier or Champions League. In this picture he is with Harry Redknapp, who has been linked to the Chelsea job ;*;Eight months was also the survival rate of Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari. 2008/2009 - Another season, another manager and another sacking for Chelsea. The club were disappointed with a poor run of form and Abramovich was not about to give the former Brazil and Portugal coach time to improve. That is clearly not his style! ;*;One of the few managers to enjoy their time with the West London club is Guus Hiddink. The Dutchman was popular with fans, players and the owner - only losing one game in charge and winning the 2009 FA Cup. However, Hiddink was a temporary manager, and made way for another expensive appointment...;*;There have been so many Chelsea managers under Abramovich, sometimes they find themselves sitting awkwardly together. Carlo Ancelotti (R) - now manager of Paris Saint Germain - was in charge of the Blues from 2009-2011. He led Chelsea to the double in 2010 winning the Premier League and FA Cup. But Abramovich sacked him the very next season (well he did sign Fernando Torres...);*;Now does anyone remember Andre Villas-Boas? Yes, he was the manager Abramovich paid over $20 million to release from Porto. Then he was the manager who failed to win over the dressing room and was sent packing with his tail between his legs just eight months later. But it all worked out okay for Chelsea in the end because he was replaced by...;*;...Roberto Di Matteo - who saved the day for Chelsea winning the double in 2012, his first year in charge. He led Chelsea, who were dangling on the edge of Champions League survival following AVB(***)s tenure, to their first European triumph. Then to top it all off he won the FA Cup. Guess what happened the next season? (Eight months again the magic number...);*;On the same day as Di Matteo is fired, Chelsea appoint former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez as interim manager until the end of the season. After nearly two years out of the management game, Benitez is diving right back in, at the deep end! (***)Good luck!(***) Daylife ID:
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In Pictures: Roman Abramovich's managershttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managersAs Roberto Di Matteo is sacked, Al Jazeera looks back on the Chelsea managers who have been shown the door by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.en-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:59:26 GMTWed, 21 Nov 2012 15:09:37 GMTNo title givenhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=04oic6Yb911zy

Russian Roman Abramovich arrived at Chelsea with his billions in 2003. After proving himself as a successful business man, he was now looking for glory on the football pitch. Ever since his takeover, he has been willing to put his money where his mouth is, slewing a number of managers in his wake

Sun, 20 May 2012 01:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=04oic6Yb911zyMichael WillAPAP Photo

Russian Roman Abramovich arrived at Chelsea with his billions in 2003. After proving himself as a successful business man, he was now looking for glory on the football pitch. Ever since his takeover, he has been willing to put his money where his mouth is, slewing a number of managers in his wake

No title given
Claudio Ranierihttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=09Hv14L0zk8tr

When Abramovich joined Chelsea, the manager in place was Claudio Ranieri. The Italian achieved success with Chelsea nurturing the talents of John Terry, Petr Cech and Frank Lampard. He also led the club to their highest Premier League finish in the 2003-2004 season behind Arsenal. However, this wasn't good enough, and after months of speculation, Ranieri was replaced with...

Thu, 31 May 2012 17:09:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=09Hv14L0zk8trLionel CironneauAPAP Photo

When Abramovich joined Chelsea, the manager in place was Claudio Ranieri. The Italian achieved success with Chelsea nurturing the talents of John Terry, Petr Cech and Frank Lampard. He also led the club to their highest Premier League finish in the 2003-2004 season behind Arsenal. However, this wasn't good enough, and after months of speculation, Ranieri was replaced with...

Claudio Ranieri
Inter Milan's Portuguese coach Jose Mourhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=0cyN2aHg8fgax

... Jose Mourinho. After success with Portuguese club Porto, Mourinho exploded onto the Premier League scene with his arrogance, posturing and tactical nous. He is remembered as Chelsea's most charismatic and successful managers, claiming two domestic titles and the FA Cup. However, his failure to capture the Champions League ended the Abramovich and Mourinho union  

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 23:40:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=0cyN2aHg8fgaxAFPGetty Images

... Jose Mourinho. After success with Portuguese club Porto, Mourinho exploded onto the Premier League scene with his arrogance, posturing and tactical nous. He is remembered as Chelsea's most charismatic and successful managers, claiming two domestic titles and the FA Cup. However, his failure to capture the Champions League ended the Abramovich and Mourinho union  

Inter Milan's Portuguese coach Jose Mour
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club's manager Harry Redknapp shakes hands with former Chelsea manager Avram Grant outside the club's training ground in Chigwell, southern Englandhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=03vSg6ugmh0fM

After the Mourinho mess, Abramovich decided to appoint an internal candidate and friend. Chelsea's Director of Football Avram Grant (L) was appointed manager but sacked only eight months later after failing to win the Premier or Champions League. In this picture he is shaking hands with Harry Redknapp, who has been linked to the Chelsea job 

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:25:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=03vSg6ugmh0fMEDDIE KEOGHREUTERSReuters Pictures

After the Mourinho mess, Abramovich decided to appoint an internal candidate and friend. Chelsea's Director of Football Avram Grant (L) was appointed manager but sacked only eight months later after failing to win the Premier or Champions League. In this picture he is shaking hands with Harry Redknapp, who has been linked to the Chelsea job 

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club's manager Harry Redknapp shakes hands with former Chelsea manager Avram Grant outside the club's training ground in Chigwell, southern England
Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari of Uhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=00548IG8iV6Ss

Eight months was the survival rate of Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari. After year, another manager and another sacking for Chelsea. The club were disappointed with a poor run of form and Abramovich was not about to give the former Brazil and Portugal coach time to improve. That is not his style 

Wed, 12 May 2010 19:55:30 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=00548IG8iV6Ss-AFPGetty Images

Eight months was the survival rate of Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari. After year, another manager and another sacking for Chelsea. The club were disappointed with a poor run of form and Abramovich was not about to give the former Brazil and Portugal coach time to improve. That is not his style 

Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari of U
Croatia v Turkey - EURO 2012 Qualifier: Play Off Second Leghttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=05r78kX7hw993

One of the few managers to enjoy their time with the West London club is Guus Hiddink. The Dutchman was popular with the fans, players and owner - only losing one game as manager and winning the 2009 FA Cup. However, Hiddink was a temporary manager, and he made way for another expensive appointment...

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 23:33:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=05r78kX7hw993Jamie McDonaldGetty ImagesGetty Images

One of the few managers to enjoy their time with the West London club is Guus Hiddink. The Dutchman was popular with the fans, players and owner - only losing one game as manager and winning the 2009 FA Cup. However, Hiddink was a temporary manager, and he made way for another expensive appointment...

Croatia v Turkey - EURO 2012 Qualifier: Play Off Second Leg
14th Elite Coaches Forum at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyonhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=07fR1yId100q0

There have been so many Chelsea managers under Abramovich, sometimes they find themselves sitting awkwardly together. Carlo Ancelotti (R) - now manager of Paris Saint Germain - was in charge of the Blues from 2009-2011. He led Chelsea to the double in 2010 winning the Premier League and FA Cup. But Abramovich sacked him the very next season (probably warranted as he signed Fernando Torres...)

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:23:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=07fR1yId100q0SALVATORE DI NOLFIEPAEPA Images

There have been so many Chelsea managers under Abramovich, sometimes they find themselves sitting awkwardly together. Carlo Ancelotti (R) - now manager of Paris Saint Germain - was in charge of the Blues from 2009-2011. He led Chelsea to the double in 2010 winning the Premier League and FA Cup. But Abramovich sacked him the very next season (probably warranted as he signed Fernando Torres...)

14th Elite Coaches Forum at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon
Chelsea's new manager, Andre Villas-Boashttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=04O223M5qzf89

Now does anyone remember Andre Villas-Boas? Yes, he was the manager Abramovich paid over $20 million to release from Porto. Then he was the manager who failed to win over the dressing room and was sent packing with his tail between his legs just eight months later. But it all worked out okay for Chelsea in the end because he was replaced by...

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:42:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=04O223M5qzf89CARL COURTAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Now does anyone remember Andre Villas-Boas? Yes, he was the manager Abramovich paid over $20 million to release from Porto. Then he was the manager who failed to win over the dressing room and was sent packing with his tail between his legs just eight months later. But it all worked out okay for Chelsea in the end because he was replaced by...

Chelsea's new manager, Andre Villas-Boas
Roberto Di Matteohttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=031r7FqgwU5pd

... Roberto Di Matteo - who saved the day for Chelsea winning the double in his first year in charge. He led Chelsea, who were dangling on the edge of Champions League survival following AVB's tenure, to their first win in the European tournament. Then to top it all off he won the FA Cup with the rejuvenated side. Guess what happened the next season? Well we all know...

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=031r7FqgwU5pdMassimo PincaAPAP Photo

... Roberto Di Matteo - who saved the day for Chelsea winning the double in his first year in charge. He led Chelsea, who were dangling on the edge of Champions League survival following AVB's tenure, to their first win in the European tournament. Then to top it all off he won the FA Cup with the rejuvenated side. Guess what happened the next season? Well we all know...

Roberto Di Matteo
Inter Milan's coach Rafa Benitez smiles before the start of the Italian Serie A soccer match against Lazio at the Olympic stadium in Romehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=04Ytam08bO0oX

So who is the brave man willing to put his head on the block to succeed in the most difficult job in football? Many seem to be opting for former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez (pictured) although Pep Guardiola and Harry Redknapp are also in the running. Whoever takes the job there is only one thing we should say 'Good luck chuck!'...

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 20:06:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Roman-Abramovich%27s-managers?image_id=04Ytam08bO0oXMAX ROSSIREUTERSReuters Pictures

So who is the brave man willing to put his head on the block to succeed in the most difficult job in football? Many seem to be opting for former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez (pictured) although Pep Guardiola and Harry Redknapp are also in the running. Whoever takes the job there is only one thing we should say 'Good luck chuck!'...

Inter Milan's coach Rafa Benitez smiles before the start of the Italian Serie A soccer match against Lazio at the Olympic stadium in Rome


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